Could the execution of 2 NY Officers have been prevented? I can't say for sure that it could be. But here are some things to consider:
1) Men are not accepted to have serious MH issues in our country
2) There isn't easy access to MH
3) At best, short of a case manager, we are talking 1-45 minute therapy session a week is all you get. 10 mins to get started, another 10 to close...you basically have 25 minutes of therapy.
4) Many Licensed therapists are not covered at all unless they are a LCSW.
5) Specific to Borderlines, there are many Psych. (MD's) who don't accept the diagnosis and even more that won't take a borderline patient (Google it)
6) Therapists are human, they are not perfect. I am very qualified here as I spent 7 years working in the field, they use Pot or alcohol before counseling sessions, they sleep with their patients, and they facilitate Long Term reliance on their services. If that is due to having a good "Pay source" well lets not go down that road.
So what are we left with?
To seek help requires a patient to have to "find" a therapist and then connect with that person.
A 45 minute a week Band Aid
A complete lack of acceptance of (Especially Men) with the more serious disorders.
So what do we do? We still don't effectively deal with PTSD for returning military men. And in that testosterone driven field, admitting weakness is well...weakness
I don't have the answer but we need to be driving prevention and intervention...not reacting too late